Health Watch - Exercise: Emotional Benefits

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about the benefits of exercise. We’ve talked about some of the physical benefits, like health and weight loss. But exercise has emotional benefits, as well.

Exercise can be a powerful mood booster. In fact, it’s so effective that it can help treat clinical depression. Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center found that regular exercise can be as effective as medication in treating mild to moderate depression.

Dr. Madhukar Trevedi, a UT Southwestern psychiatrist, says the key to boosting mood is the intensity and duration of the exercise. In the study, participants achieved results with 30-minute sessions, three to five times a week – about what’s recommended for keeping your heart and lungs healthy. Even if you aren’t clinically depressed, exercise is good for relieving stress and boosting your spirits, so it helps keep you physically and emotionally healthy.

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November 2010


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